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zach bacharContributor IFebruary 19, 2024

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Milwaukee Bucks star Damian Lillard discussed his in-game state of mind after he was called the MVP of the 2024 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night.

“I simply informed myself I’m going to be aggressive, I’m going to keep shooting,” Lillard informed press reporters after the video game. “I saw a couple enter, and after that it was much like ‘I’m pursuing it.’ That was it.”

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I simply informed myself I’m going to be aggressive, I’m going to keep shooting”<< br><> < br>>- Dame after scoring 39 and being called 2024 << a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KiaAllStarMVP?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">> #KiaAllStarMVP< < a href="https://t.co/m7D6HyK6ee">> pic.twitter.com/m7D6HyK6ee

Lillard assisted the Eastern Conference make a 211-186 triumph over the West by scoring a team-high 39 points in simply under 28 minutes on the court. The 33-year-old didn’t think twice to fire far from behind the arc, as 23 of his 26 basket efforts were three-pointers.

He linked on 11 of his 23 triples, including 3 rebounds and 6 helps to finish his acclaimed efficiency. Lillard flaunted his unlimited variety all night long, consisting of a half-court shot in the 3rd quarter.

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DAME FROM HALFCOURT.<< br><> < br>> HE’S GOT 33 POINTS AND 9 THREES.<< a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBAAllStar?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">> #NBAAllStar< Game on TNT << a href="https://t.co/60dmeumK2f">> pic.twitter.com/60dmeumK2f

It was an eventful weekend for the eight-time All-Star, as he likewise made a triumph in Saturday’s Starry Three-Point Contest by installing a rating of 26 points in both the opening round along with the last round of the competitors. Lillard won the contest in successive years, ending up being the very first gamer to attain that task considering that previous Toronto Raptors forward Jason Kapono in 2007 and 2008.

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DAME TIME ⌚ < br><> < br>> Dame Lillard ratings 26 indicate take home the 2024 << a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Starry3PT?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">> #Starry 3PT< < br><> < br>> Back-to-back champ. << a href="https://t.co/ckKB4FAsiC">> pic.twitter.com/ckKB4FAsiC

After winning MVP on Sunday night, he exposed that his strategy was to win both the Three-Point Contest along with the Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP award.

“That’s going to be what my intents are this weekend, and I had the ability to do it,” stated Lillard.

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Dame states it was constantly his strategy to win << a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Starry3PT?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">> #Starry 3PT< AND be called << a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KiaAllStarMVP?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">> #KiaAllStarMVP< < a href="https://t.co/eiInIbhCEl">> pic.twitter.com/eiInIbhCEl

Now, he’ll go back to Milwaukee and assist the Bucks continue their playoff push together with fellow super star Giannis Antetokounmpo. In 51 starts prior to the All-Star break, Lillard balanced 24.6 points and 6.7 helps per video game on 42.3/ 34.1/ 92.5 divides.

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